The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute and the Stillman School of Business
Integrity and Professionalism Convocation
Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m., Jubilee Hall Auditorium
Andy Unanue, M.B.A.
Managing Partner, AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC
Former Chief Operating Officer, Goya Foods, Inc.
“Investing in the U.S. Emerging Market”
Andy Unanue is a managing partner of AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC and is a member of AUA Equity's Investment Committee. Prior to founding the firm, Unanue established AU & Associates, LLC, the family office for the Unanue family. Previously, he held various positions with Goya Foods, Inc. from 1991 - 2004 including being Goya's Chief Operating Officer (1999-2004) managing the daily operations of Goya's U.S. business. He was involved in strategic planning, new product development, advertising, media, and community relations.
Unanue currently serves on the boards of KABR Real Estate Partners, Opt-Intelligence, Inc., TRUFOODS, LLC, Raymundos Food Group, LLC, Tijuana Flats Restaurants, LLC and is chairman of the Board of Associated Foods Holdings, LLC. He is a founding board member of the New America Alliance. Additionally Unanue serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations including his family’s charitable foundation, The C&J Unanue Foundation, and is a member of the University of Miami's President Council.
Past directorships include the U.S. Savings Bonds National Volunteer Committee as food and beverage chair, and co-chair of the Annual Convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held in Los Angeles. Unanue is a recipient of the Hispanic MBAs prestigious Entrepreneurship Achievement Award, and the Tonio Burgos Business Award. Both the Federation of Hispanic Chambers and Hispanic Magazine honored him as Businessman of the Year.
The American Advertising Federation has awarded Unanue the Diversity Achievement Award as 'Industry Influential'. Unanue was an operating executive board member of Palladium Equity Partners, a $1.0 billion private equity firm. He also served as employer trustee for the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union Pension Fund and was an active member of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Transition Committee. In 2011, Restaurant Business named him Entrepreneur of the Month and northjersey.com and The Record newspaper named him one of the country's "2011: People to Watch."
Unanue received his M.B.A. from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management and his B.A. from the University of Miami.